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Nick Manes

Nick Manes

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SpartanNash Co. will not meet the original employment projections included in a 2013 state incentive package.

MILWAUKEE — As a wide variety of stakeholders push forward with revitalizing the Grand River corridor through downtown Grand Rapids, they have no shortage of other cities they can look to for best practices.

Saturday, 21 July 2018 13:03

Projects take shape along Grand River

In anticipation of a multifaceted effort to restore the Grand River through downtown Grand Rapids, numerous public and private partners are coming together to activate a number of key sites along the riverbanks.

City planners and other stakeholders are refocusing on revitalizing the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids. However, that focus isn’t entirely new. An analysis done by MiBiz finds the Grand River corridor in and around downtown has received around three quarters of a billion dollars in public and private investment since the mid 1980s. Projects like the DeVos Place Convention Center, River House Condominiums and The Homes at River’s Edge have embraced the proximity to the river as an asset, even given its largely passive state. Here’s a look at some of the major projects. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Efforts to restore the rapids in the Grand River might be a year or more away from launching, but stakeholders already have started thinking about opportunities the project will create throughout downtown.

West Michigan commercial real estate industry insiders see signs of a genuinely healthy market, albeit one that’s likely plateaued. 

A decision handed down this week by the Michigan Court of Appeals could offer some clarity for the state’s municipalities as they evaluate land use and zoning policies for the medical marijuana industry.

Under a new agreement with Airbnb Inc., visitors to Kent County who use the vacation rental webite will pay the municipality’s 5 percent lodging excise tax.

GRAND RAPIDS — Two Grand Rapids City Commissioners have signaled their support for more liberal zoning regulations for businesses in the medical marijuana industry.

Saturday, 07 July 2018 16:46

Q&A: Fernanda Wilson, Ph.D.

The emergence of PFAS contamination in Kent County’s Plainfield Township and at other sites in Michigan and around the world has environmental consulting firms racing to catch up. Grand Rapids-based Fishbeck Thompson Carr & Huber Inc. (FTC&H) recently opened a new division aimed at addressing PFAS issues. Dr. Fernanda Wilson, the practice’s environmental engineering lead, spoke with MiBiz about the widespread issues with the chemicals, which for decades were used for industrial purposes, fire-fighting foam and consumer goods.

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